Art Workshops

Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.
Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.

Please stay tuned for more upcoming workshops at the MacKenzie!

Library & Digital Lab

Located in our Library on the main floor of the Gallery, just past the Craft Services Café, the Digital Lab is designed to support collaborative digital arts training initiatives. Our popular program, the Digital Lab Open Studio, is a free space for visitors to tinker, play, share and explore digital literacy and digital art creation. 

Currently, in-person Digital Lab access has been put on hold. Please stay tuned for when in-person programming will resume. 

Explore Our Past Livestreams

Throughout the pandemic, the MacKenzie Art Gallery held a number of livestreams centered around the theme of digital art creation. These popular events are still being visited today.

Bios

About Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll

Cat Bluemke uses game design, performance, and expanded reality to explore the dynamic relationship of work and play. Graduating in 2018 with her MFA in Design for Emerging Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she presents the struggle of labour through interactive media, with a focus on precarious, feminized, and domestic work. Jonathan Carroll is an XR artist and developer who makes games and software. His practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate interaction between performance artists and audiences, to building irreverent interactive experiences for mobile devices and VR headsets.

The two have been collaborators since 2013, with their work being exhibited internationally at venues such as the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Kunsternus Hus, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

In 2018 they co-founded SpekWork, an art collective making games about labour.  The collective hacks the technologies of virtual and augmented reality, game design, and artificial intelligence to ask pressing questions about the future of labour and leisure in a networked austerity society.